For people battling the deadly coronavirus, the hard days may not be over.
In a new study, scientists have found that people’s sense of smell and taste may not return five months after being infected with the deadly virus.
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A team of scientists from the Canadian University of Quebec surveyed 813 health workers who were positive for coronavirus.
Volunteers were asked to rank their sense of smell and taste on a scale of 0 to 10, and some were also required to take a test at home to assess their senses.
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It was found that during the initial infection, more than 70 percent of these volunteers from the survey lost their sense of smell, and 65 percent said they lost their sense of taste.
Surprisingly, 17 percent of people still couldn’t smell properly, and 9 percent couldn’t taste even five months after recovering from the deadly virus.
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“Our results show that a damaged sense of smell and taste can last in many people with Covid-19,” said Dr. Johannes Frasnelli from the University of Quebec. “This underscores the importance of monitoring people who are infected and further research is needed to discover the extent of the neurological problems associated with Covid-19.”
This has raised the issue of poor follow-up and care of patients after COVID, especially in poorer countries where hospitals struggle to accommodate patients.